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Old 04-06-2017, 05:00 PM   #1
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63 Airstream Globetrotter 19' Restore or sell it?

We have a 63 GT.. It's in need of some TLC. My wife's grandparents bought it new. We bought it from them in 1980. I used it for an away job housing in 83-85. We haven't used it since 88. We had to store it at a friends outside for a couple of years the larger roof vent got broken by snow, I put plywood over it. Then we got a place and its been in our shed since 1990. We've just been using it for storage since then. It's intact, there is a bad spot in the floor under the broken vent and the skin has some blackening. There is also a busted marker light. I was going to rehab it and give it to our kids but my health has gone in the crapper. What's it worth as is and what's it worth if I pay someone to do the work ? Thanks for any input.
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Old 04-06-2017, 09:24 PM   #2
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Well, it is worth whatever you can get for it. I would suspect somewhere in the $4-8k range as-is, as there is probably a complete subfloor replacement in its future. If you pay someone to do everything that needs to be done, cost could vary dramatically, depending what all they do and to what level of quality or luxury. Figure $20-$50k.

Good luck!
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Old 04-06-2017, 10:28 PM   #3
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It sounds just like most of ours (those with project vintages) do, which is just fine.

I wouldn't pay someone to do the work correctly just to sell it as you usually don't get your money back unless you do the manual labor yourself.

Are your kids wanting to travel in it or do your kids want a project or want to camp.

You can always list it here on the classifieds or put a 4 sale sign on it in a parking lot.

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Old 04-07-2017, 09:42 AM   #4
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Good Morning, I'm very interested in your GT if you decide you want to sell it!
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Old 04-07-2017, 10:02 AM   #5
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Speaking from experience: If someone tells you that it will cost twice as much and take twice as long to restore -- they're underestimating.

It will be very difficult to recover your investment if you hire someone to do the work. If your kids are willing to take on the work, it would be a great way to keep it in the family. They can hire someone for the difficult parts and retain a lot of value with sweat equity.

If not, please find a good home for it. IMHO, it's one of the best models -- ever.
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Old 04-07-2017, 11:16 AM   #6
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My partner in Portland and I would be interested in taking a look at it to determine the degree of repair it needs and if interested, we would make a fair offer. Doesn't sound like you are terribly interested in doing this kind of renovation after all these years. Let me know your decision.
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Old 04-07-2017, 12:41 PM   #7
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Shoot, I went by that area last weekend going to Umatilla and back. Nice country up there. It'll be easier to say what it's worth seeing some pictures. Usually it's just what people will be interested in paying. Lots of people will be frothing at the mouth. When I bought my 1959 TradeWind two years ago I was the first that called on it and told them I was interested. Two day later they had 4 or 5 people wanting it, some sight unseen and coming from as far as Florida. Thankfully the couple selling it were not money hungry and looking to get the most money they could. I paid what they asked $3800, it was all original, plumbing and electrical was shot, used it as a metal tent twice. Now we're in the middle of restoring it. To me I thought it was a good deal.
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Old 04-07-2017, 04:00 PM   #8
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63 airstream globetrotter

I concur with many of the comments regarding your airstream. I would also be interested in it should you decide to sell it. I live in Vancouver and rehabilitate older airstreams so people can enjoy them affordably. Let me know if you are interested, I am retired and would be pleased to drive down and have a look. Thanks John
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Old 04-07-2017, 05:47 PM   #9
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Bob, my daughter lives in Olympia and wants to purchase an Airstream to turn into a mobile bookshop. The size is about right so I'll throw my hat into the "I'm interested" ring!!
Sorry your health is not good...
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